new world jazz for the new world
After thirty-seven years, the jazz world collective Manteca continues to be a force of joyous sonic invention.
On September 23, 2016 the Juno Award winners deliver their 12th CD, The Twelfth of Never. Eight original compositions, recorded at Revolution Recording in Toronto over four days in February with acclaimed engineer Jeff Wolpert.
With longevity comes a certain, “I yam what I yam,” creative defiance, an aural refusal to conform. When music critic Peter Goddard of the Toronto Star wrote about the group’s 11th recording, he called the work “gut grabbing innovation.” Oh yeah, we’ll take that !
After attending a pre-release listening session, Laurie Brown, host of the CBC Radio show The Signal remarked, “There’s a seismic emotional shift in the music. Cinematic and introspective, the atmosphere is moody and mysterious…the playing is exceptional and the sound is remarkable.”
The Twelfth of Never is by turns tender and cutting, both in your face and in your arms.
September 23, 2016…nope, not done yet.